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Women and Hollywood


Melissa Silverstein is the founder and editor of Women and Hollywood, one of the most respected sites for issues related to women and film as well as other areas of pop culture. Women and Hollywood educates, advocates, and agitates for gender parity across the entertainment industry.

She is also the co-founder and Artistic Director of The Athena Film Festival. The 5th annual festival will take place from February 5-8, 2015 at Barnard College in NYC.

Melissa recently published the first book from Women and Hollywood, In Her Voice: Women Directors Talk Directing, which is a compilation of over 40 interviews that have appeared on the site.

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90% of Summer 2014 Studio Movies Directed by White Guys

"Jupiter Ascending" helmer Lana Wachowski, along with brother Andy, is the sole female director of the summer's big movies.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • April 9, 2014 2:00 PM
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Women and Hollywood Summer 2014 Preview

The 15 movies about women we're most looking forward to this summer.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • March 27, 2014 10:05 AM
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Women-Directed Films in 2014 Will Be Few and Far Between (Updated)

Movie-lovers interested in films by women directors won't have much reason to go to the mutliplex this year. In 2013, only three films from female filmmakers opened in wide release. 2014 looks to be a slight improvement, but not by much.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • January 7, 2014 1:21 PM
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Trailer Watch: The Wachowskis' Jupiter Ascending

Mila Kunis plays Jupiter Jones, the world's most genetically blessed janitor. Yes, really.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • December 11, 2013 10:00 AM
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Cross Post: Cloud Atlas Charts New Territory Between Women and Men With Halle Berry and Hugh Grant

I was belatedly watching "Cloud Atlas" at my local Cineplex, catching up on movies that I hadn't seen because, thanks to Hurricane Sandy, I no longer had my Manhattan to upstate NY umbilical cord. I hadn't read all the reviews when "Cloud Atlas" premiered in Toronto because, as I recently told Steven Gaydos, executive editor at Variety, "I see the movie and then I decide." But this was a case where the gaseous critical response to "Cloud Atlas" had wafted in my direction, a skepticism and negativity reflected in Rotten Tomatoes' stingy 63 percent fresh. So, I'd postponed seeing an adventure that was completely radical among contemporary American films in the gleeful, optimistic way it played musical chairs with male and female, young and old, and future and past. By creating a movie that starred Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, and Huge Grant and blurred the boundaries between men and women, the Wachowski siblings (Andy and Lana), and Tom Tykwer, adapting David Mitchell's genre-busting best-seller, took some major risks. And they created an entertaining, ambitious movie that went beyond feminism to an all-embracing humanism that wasn't naive enough to believe that evil didn't walk the earth in wingtips or stilettos or bare feet.
  • By Thelma Adams
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  • November 7, 2012 2:00 PM
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Must Watch: Lana Wachowski Speaks About What It Means to Be Transgendered

What ever happens with Cloud Atlas (which opens this Friday) what Lana Wachowski has done in coming out as a transgendered person will go down as a seminal moment in Hollywood culture.  She is a high profile successful action director talking about being transgendered and gay, in a town where there are hardly any women directors who do action and hardly any people who talk about being transgendered.  Fucking gutsy.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • October 24, 2012 10:53 AM
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Trailer Watch: Cloud Atlas - Co-Directed by Lana Wachowski

The Wachowskis are an incredibly successful writing/directing duo best known for the Matrix Trilogy.  They are also known for the cult classic Bound and for writing V for Vendetta.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • July 30, 2012 12:00 PM
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First Toronto 2012 Lineup News - Women Directors

Unlike the folks at Cannes, Toronto seems to understand that there are many great women directors, making films that can play at the highest level and this year is no different.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • July 24, 2012 1:15 PM
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